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When you look at cute, little Kristen Bell in films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Couples Retreat, the last thing you think of is … well, mom. But that’s about to change, as Bell is spreading her wings a little bit and looking to star in a film that reminds us very much of Little Miss Sunshine, but with a tiny bit of Mean Girls edge.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Bell will star in the black comedy Dance of the Mirlitons (not such a great title – I could see it changing), about an overbearing mom who shoves her awkward, slightly overweight daughter into the world of ballet and will stop at nothing to make the girl a star. Heck, we’ve already seen enough reality shows featuring real-life overly demanding stage parents – and got a taste of it in the film Little Miss Sunshine – and so another feature film that touches on the subject was all but certain eventually.
Producers are looking for an unknown to play the young girl; someone between the ages of 10 and 12. If it works, this could be a fantastic role for Bell – one that takes her away from playing the cute, quirky girlfriend/wife, and puts her squarely in the spotlight in charge of carrying an entire film. Honestly, I’ve been waiting to see Bell make a move like this for awhile, and so the fan in me is psyched to see this flick (plus dark comedies are my favorite).
What say you? Kristen Bell as an overbearing stage mom? Do you see it, or is she just too damn cute to play someone that annoying?
Erik has been one of the Web's leading movie commentators since 2005, having worked as an editor and writer for outlets like Fandango, Movies.com, AOL Moviefone, Cinematical, Flavorwire, SXSW Magazine, Entertainment Today and more. His favorite movie is 'Back to the Future,' and his favorite activity is playing Spider-Man with his two young children. You can follow Erik's adventures on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, @erikdavis.
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